BELMAR, NJ — Mankind’s fascination with birds is timeless — their embodiment of grace, beauty and freedom of flight captivating the art world for centuries.

"The Bird Art Show, a Juried Exhibition," currently on display at Belmar Arts Center, focuses on this unique artistic expression of ornithology, featuring 70 pieces of bird art in a wide range of mediums.

The show provided artists with the opportunity to not only to be as lifelike as possible, but to go beyond the naked eye in their works of art — a blend of creativity that is evident in the show’s awarding-winning entries.

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Taking Best of Show was Jill Alexander for “Todies in Finales,” while five other artists received honorable mentions: Kirsten Birdsey for “Stone Harbor Glossy Ibis,” Jerry Deutsch for “Red-Bellied Woodpecker,” Lora Marie Durr for “Nesting,” Cheryl Bomba for “Owl in Machine” and Sheila Kramer for “Rosie.”

In selecting the 70 pieces from 121 submissions for the show, juror Frederick Brosen said he wanted to “make for an engaging and varied visual experience.”

“I employed my own personal responses to the submissions based on a myriad of considerations: personal vision, creativity, use of materials and skill among them. I tried to include a wide range of approaches, from traditional painting and photography to abstraction, found materials and tapestry,” said Brosen, whose watercolors have been featured in more than 30 solo museum and gallery exhibitions across the country, In addition, his 25-year teaching career includes teaching drawing and watercolor on the faculty of the National Academy of Design, Pratt Institute, Lehman College, all of New York City, and currently at The Art Students League of New York.

The Bird Art Show runs through Friday, August 4 at Belmar Arts Center, located at the corner of Seventh Avenue and River Road. Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, call the center at 732 749-3360.

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